Historic Tours

The Beat Generation Tour – “On the Road” with Neal and Jack

beatscorbis460The phrase “Beat Generation” was coined by Jack Kerouac in 1948. Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, and Allen Ginsberg were the original “beat generation.” Explore their Denver history and haunts with “beat generation” historian and writer, Zack Kopp in the comfort of a “smoking” limo. Please bring your own bud. Non-Smoking tours available.

In keeping with the spirit of these notorious authors our tour begins with a cocktail around the piano at Charlie Brown’s in the Colburn Hotel, with a brief “Beat” introduction by Zack Kopp. Marijuana consumption is legal in the limo. B.Y.O.P. (Smoking paraphernalia is available in the limo) The limo is stocked with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

The Beat Generation Tour travels through downtown, LoDo and Five Points (the Harlem of the West). Our last stop before returning to the Colburn Hotel is My Brother’s Bar for hamburgers, beers and stories. cassadyletter

“I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and in their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only Word I had was ‘Wow!”            On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Cost per person $175 includes cocktails at The Colburn and Burgers (or other sandwiches) and beers at My Brother’s Bar.

Please specify smoking or non smoking tour

720-557-1995

Saturday,  September 13th 1:00 – 5:00

Reservations Required

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Exploring Denver’s Historic Neighborhoods Tour

Denver has beautiful historic neighborhoods, each with an unique shopping district and personality.  Your guided tour will begin with a stop at a retail marijuana shop (or bring your own). All our limos are stocked with water, sodas, and gourmet snacks. Alcoholic beverages upon request. Marijuana smoking is allowed in the limo.

Tour options are

South Pearl Street, Old South Gaylord Street, Washington Park, and Larimer Square.

Larimer Square, LoDo, and The Highlands 

Downtown Denver, Capitol Hill, City Park, Cheeseman Park, including a tour of The Brown Palace Hotel or Molly Brown’s House 

LarimerSquareDenverLarimer Square is an area as rich in history as it is in fine shopping and dining. It is the  Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block.

The history of what we now know as Denver goes back to the 19th century land claims. In 1858, Colorado was born as news of gold spread east. Green Russell and a party of Georgians made the first gold strike that summer. They settled at the point where Speer Boulevard crosses Larimer Street today and called their camp Auraria. Soon another group arrived and set up town stakes across the creek and called their settlement St. Charles (about where the Granite building now stands on the corner of 15th and Larimer Streets). Then most of the second group went back to Kansas during the winter to register their township and stock up on provisions to return in the spring.

antiqueJust after their departure, another group from Kansas arrived at St. Charles headed by General William H. Larimer Jr. He liked what he found and immediately staked out a town for himself as he sent his sidekicks off to Leavenworth. They arrived before the original St. Charles representatives and “jumped” the claim, renaming the town site Denver City after James Denver, the territorial governor of Kansas. The main street was named after General Larimer. Larimer and his son constructed a 16-foot by 20-foot cabin shortly after they arrived. The down-to-earth General had an interesting sense of humor; the doors to his cabin were coffin lids! Also, his cabin had the only “glass” window in Denver.

old-south-gaylordThe Old South Gaylord Shopping District is the second oldest shopping district in Denver. Old South Gaylord St., was founded in 1924.  It was a cable car turn-around for the Denver City Tramway Company until the 1950’s when the streetcars were replaced with buses.

77797_near_s_pearl_st_s_iowa_ave_denver The Old South Pearl Shopping District, located on several blocks of South Pearl St. It is a favorite shopping destination of many Denverites. In June of 1893, the Denver Tramway Company extended it’s trolley car line from Alameda to Jewell Avenue along South Pearl Street. A few years later, tracks were completed south to Evans and then east to service the growing University of Denver. The University of Denver quickly became known as Tramway Tech and the building boom was on.

$175 per person. coloradohightours@gmail.com 

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